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Jennifer Saunders: 'TV is still a bit of a boys' club'

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Jennifer Saunders has complained that TV is still "a bit of a boys' club".

The Absolutely Fabulous star told Stylist that in some ways the situation is worse than when she and Dawn French started out in the industry.

"I don't think things have moved on for women much in TV," she said.

"I still have a feeling it's a bit of a boys' club and if you're a boy you can do less and get further. I still feel that."

Asked if she felt the same at the start of her career, Saunders said: "You know what, I didn't. I felt like we were all in this together. It was a very different executive culture then in television."

Of the treatment of women in general in modern society, Saunders said: "In a way, I think nothing has moved on for women, which is slightly shocking.

"I think it's been a slightly stale time for women. I think the internet doesn't help. The way certain men treat women is influenced by the internet a lot."

She added: "I think they are having to re-educate boys on how to treat women in schools, because of the internet and the amount of porn they see.

"I think that's a shame. If you wanted porn in my day, you had to walk into a shop and take it off the top shelf. And then it was just t*ts and stuff."

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Earlier this month, Kate Moss was said to be upset by a quip made at her expense by Saunders while in character as Absolutely Fabulous's Edina Monsoon.

Absolutely Fabulous returns to the UK over Christmas and airs in the US on January 8.

Saunders has also confirmed that a movie spinoff of the comedy series is in the works.

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